Enterprises have started realizing the importance of comprehensive backup solutions and consider it an inevitable part of their IT strategy these days. It is no longer a nice-to-have feature but a must-have nowadays.
Most businesses are aware of: On-premise backups, Cloud only and Cloud-to-Cloud backups But they don’t know the potential of using the best features of both worlds. The questions to ask now are: how does it work, what advantages does it offer, and who offers such solutions.
We answer all these questions in this guide to help you decide if this is for you.
The Concept of Hybrid Cloud Backup
A hybrid backup solution is the combination of on-premise NAS devices that act as local backup targets and have enough space to hold several, full backups, which then execute background synchronization of the backup data to an external cloud service.
If you need to restore data from a recent backup, it can be accessed quickly as the data is readily available on-site in the NAS.
Hybrid backup promises to solve the scaling issues of on-site backup systems, and the latency issues of cloud-only backup solutions. In Hybrid systems, the backed up data is replicated directly to the public cloud provider such as Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services.
A good example would be Barracuda Networks? hybrid backup solution, which comes with around 12TB of on-site storage, and numerous off-site synchronization services.
Before choosing a product or service, its benefits must be compared to the requirements of the organization before the costs even come into play. Therefore, here is a summary of the advantages of hybrid backup solutions.
Better Business Continuity
Hybrid cloud backups come with minimum downtime. They are always on guard and provide excellent coverage for greater business continuity in case things go wrong.
A local backup helps recover data quickly, even if the Internet connection is down. In the event of natural disasters like a flood, hurricane, or fire, the data is recoverable from a third-party off-site facility over the cloud. It significantly reduces the expenses involved in implementing and maintaining traditional business continuity processes.
A private cloud may sound like a good solution, but it requires a significant investment in terms of hardware, development, implementation, and never-ending maintenance, monitoring and upgrades.
A hybrid cloud backup solution can prove to be an attractive alternative to lower expenses. Here’s how:
- Cost-effective monthly service fees
- Access to third-party expertise
- No need to have in-house staff for management of the solution
- No standby software licensing
- Reduces the upfront hardware expenditure and implementation costs
- Reduces the cost of monitoring, server license registration, and hosting fees
Cut Down Compliance Hassles
In addition to ensuring that their data is safe and secure, businesses also have to meet several compliance requirements specific to their industry, such as HIPAA, FINRA, Sarbanes-Oxley, and PCI.
With hybrid cloud backup providers, enterprises don?t need to worry about compliance as these providers deal with regulations and standards on their end.
Enhanced Security, Redundancy, and Flexibility
With cloud backup solutions, enterprises can’t perform quick restores from a local copy, which is easily possible with on-site backup. On the other hand, backing up everything on-premise puts the enterprises at risk of data loss in the event of natural disasters or any unpredictable circumstances such as a fire.
Hybrid backup solutions make short work of this problem as well. Not only is data backed up on-site, it is also securely replicated off-site to add an extra layer of security and redundancy. Additionally, most of the quality hybrid backup providers offer the following important features:
- Military-grade encryption
- User authentication and role-based devices
- Automatic verification of the accuracy and quality of the storage media and recording process
- Audit trail of restores and backups
- Disk-to-Disk backup and retrieval of data
List of Hybrid Cloud Backup Providers
Now that you know how it works and how it can benefit you, here?s a list of hybrid cloud backup providers which can be used to get more information about the solutions on offer for an enterprise.
EVault Hybrid Cloud Backup and Recovery
EVault was founded in 1997 and was acquired by Seagate later on. It offers several types of backup services including an agent-based, hybrid cloud backup service that uses either Microsoft Windows Azure or its own storage cloud solution. Some of the features it offers are:
- 256-bit AES encryption at source
- 128-bit AES over-the-wire encryption
- Supports flexible retain options
- 24/7/365 phone support
- Designed for use in highly distributed environments
- Builds and hosts its own management tool that can be accessed over the web
- The EVault technology platform is delivered as a three-tier architecture
- Offers a wide range of backup and replication deployment options
Datto Hybrid Cloud Backup
Datto is a popular name in the backup and disaster recovery sector and it has gained immense popularity because of its stolid, hybrid cloud backup service. Here is a quick snapshot of its important features:
- AES 256 encryption over-the-wire and in its SSAE-16 compliant data centers
- Adds an extra level of security with its proprietary technology ? Screenshot Backup Verification
- Integration with RRM and PSA tools such as Autotask, GFI Max, Kaseya, and Connectwise
- Round-the-clock customer support throughout the year
- Automatic integrity checks of backups and alerts if any issue is detected
IASO Hybrid Cloud Backup
IASO is based in the Netherlands and develops backup solutions for managed service providers. Its approach to hybrid cloud backup is best described as a disk-to-disk-to-cloud or D2D2C. It utilizes an on-site NAS device that connects to IASO?s managed cloud tier for better data protection.
Here is a quick rundown of its features:
- Customers can create their own private encryption key
- Backup client is built natively
- Offers free plugins to integrate with other architectures
- Comes with its own software “Cloud Management Console” that allows the reseller to have an easy-to-interpret interface for better client account management
- Pay-as-you-go subscription model
- Guarantees that customers will get support in less than four hours on any day, any time of the week
There are many more other hybrid backup providers such as Microsoft StoreSimple, CommVault Simpana, and Zetta.net backup, which we will discuss in our upcoming articles.
How to Choose a Hybrid Cloud Backup Provider
Choosing the right service provider that addresses all your needs is tricky and you have to be careful. Here, we?ve compiled a list of some quick questions that you can ask your service provider to make the decision easier:
- Why should you opt for them?
- Who will be the point-of-contact for the day-to-day monitoring and support of your backups?
- Where are their data centers located?
- What?s the turn-around-time (TAT) involved if you need to retrieve an offsite copy?
- How strong is the encryption and security system?
- Who are their major clients from your industry or with similar requirements that you have?
- How much would the entire installation and activation cost, and what services would be included in that cost?
- Are there any per server or per user costs?
- Do they charge for data restoration from the cloud?
- Can they give you a free trial?
- How does the hybrid backup integrate with your existing architecture?
- What management tools would be used to operate the product?
- Are they offering any guaranteed speeds for backup and recovery? If yes, how do they determine the guarantee?
- What unique features are they offering that set them apart from other cloud backup products?
- What are some of the key points included in the SLA?
- How does a complaint get resolved? What are the steps involved?
The right hybrid cloud backup can provide you with enterprise-level data protection, without the financial overhead of maintaining a complex infrastructure, and the associated administrative hassles.
With this solution, you can avail subject matter expertise, support, and monitoring from a third-party provider and can retain in-house control, while having more resources and time available for mission-critical activities.
So, are you considering the deployment of a hybrid-cloud backup solution? Do you have any more questions or concerns? Let us know in the comments below.
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